The first Lansdale book I read was The Bottoms. That book doesn’t contain much of the author’s signature humor, so I was glad to see it in this book.The first Lansdale book I read was The Bottoms. That book doesn’t contain much of the author’s signature humor, so I was glad to see it in this book. Unfortunately it pretty much peters out after the first 50 pages or so. The story was good though, if a bit predictable at times. It’s essentially the story of a mysterious murder that has ever-widening aftershocks for the townspeople of Camp Rapture, TX, and for the protagonist, in particular. Cason is an ex-writer, ex-soldier who has come home searching for some stability in his life. He lands a job at a local paper and comes across his predecessor’s notes on a local disappearance. Thinking he can translate this story into attention in the journalistic world beyond his small town, Cason begins to investigate. And that’s when it starts to hit the fan. There are some interesting characters in this book, chief among them (in my mind) is Booger. For me he’s kind of a conglomerate character of a few different guys I know, at least one of whom I suspect is a sociopath, all of whom I avoid. I honestly don’t know if this is a great introductory book to Joe Lansdale’s work, but it is easier to find than many of his others....more
First Leonard and Hap novel. Not that impressed. The story is okay. The characters are endearing, exasperating, and annoying in turn. The element thatFirst Leonard and Hap novel. Not that impressed. The story is okay. The characters are endearing, exasperating, and annoying in turn. The element that keeps the reader engaged is the Lansdale humor - this is also what bumped the book up to three stars.
There's also the depiction of most southerners as racists and homophobes. I see this a lot and it has grown tiresome for me.
Still a Lansdale fan, but I won't be reading a Leonard and Hap any time soon....more